the-south-asian Life & Times                       April-June 2011




 Editor's Note


 Cover Story

 Team India Readies
 for World Cup 2011

 India's Foursome

 Golden Age of Polo
 in India


 Rare & Royal Classics


 Dalip Singh Majithia
 - the First Landing
 in Nepal

 The First Aerial Shots
 of Mt. Everest

 Trivandrum's New


Travel Destination

 Jim's Jungle Retreat


 The Kalasha

 Lakshan Bibi


 Tiger-Sightings in

 Corbett Wildlife
 by Majid Hussain


 Somdev Devvarman

 By O P Dutta


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Corbett Wildlife

Through the lens of Majid Hussain

The elephant named 'Ekdant' in Corbett

Corbett National Park, a 1300 sq km reserve in the foothills of Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand, is known for its two stars – the Asiatic elephant and the Royal Bengal tiger. But its diverse terrain supports a diversity of flora and fauna. The dense woodlands, open grasslands, riverine vegetation, dry riverbeds, mountainous terrain – are home not only to one of the largest Royal Bengal tiger populations – but also to 600 bird species (the greatest number in any national park in India), 33 species of reptiles, the Golden Mahaseer, 37 types of dragonflies, leopards, python, cobra and many mammals. The extremely sociable and smooth-coated otters live in 10- or 20-strong clans and fish as a team along the riverbanks.

Majid Hussain, the Wildlife Coordinator at Jim’s Jungle Retreat, is an amateur photographer who has been capturing wildlife in Corbett, through his lens for the past several years. Born and brought up in the area, he knows the tigers and elephants by their first names. A gracious person, he is modest about his passion for photography and just as shy to show his work – let alone publish it. It took a fair amount of persuasion to get him to agree to this feature, which we hope will be the trailblazer – the first of many to follow. Thanks Majid, for sharing your treasure with SALT.

Corbett National Park closes during the monsoon rains, and reopens in October. The Jhirna zone, however, is open throughout the year.


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